The man who lost a tainted election to B.C. Liberal Kash Heed will have another opportunity in 2013.
Today at Killarney secondary school, Gabriel Yiu was nominated as the NDP candidate in Vancouver-Fraserview.
He collected 130 votes, compared to 95 for the only other candidate, Vancouver councillor George Chow.
"This was a good campaign," Yiu said after the results were read by constituency president Ian Maas. "I have done my best. Thanks for your support."
In an earlier speech, Yiu revealed that he won endorsements from former premier Glen Clark, Grand Chief Stewart Phillip of the Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs, and NDP activist Bill Tieleman.
"I often ask myself, why do I want to public office?" Yiu said. "I believe I can make a difference. I want to protect public health care and education. I want to promote social justice and fairness. I want to ensure seniors' long-term care needs are met. I want to restore government accountability and public trust. I want to support affordable housing for the working families. I want to protect Crown corporations from privatization."
Gabriel Yiu expressed a great deal of gratitude to his supporters before the ballots were counted.
He also mentioned that he wants to promote trade and cultural ties with Asia. In the constituency, he pledged to try to speed up the seismic upgrades for Killarney and David Thompson schools and get a secure provincial funding for a seniors centre at Killarney.
In a speech before the votes were counted, NDP Leader Adrian Dix described Chow and Yiu as "two outstanding candidates".
Dix also fired up party members by talking about the crisis for adults with developmental disabilities.
"That's why for five months, we have been campaigning with families to ensure that people understand the extend of the crisis," Dix said. "Think of this: 2500 people, adults with developmental disabilities, on waitlists for care at a time when the government decided to close 65 group homes. We can't wait until 2013."
Adrian Dix speaks to NDP members at the Vancouver-Fraserview nomination meeting.
One of Yiu's nominators, former constituency president Trevor Harris, claimed that because of the Heed campaign's "dirty tricks" in 2009, "Gabriel was cheated in the last election."
Another Yiu supporter, Thekla Lit, told the Straight that Yiu did the groundwork for Heed to step down. Heed has not resigned, even though he violated the election-spending limit and his campaign manager recently pleaded guilty to election-related offences.
Below are some snapshots from the nomination meeting.
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